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Subject: Townhouses in Westchester County
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: bugsy-ga
List Price: $12.00
Posted: 19 Sep 2002 05:57 PDT
Expires: 19 Oct 2002 05:57 PDT
Question ID: 66786
I would like to be able to log on to listings about gated community
townhousesin the following
has to have at least 2 bedrooms--2 full baths- a living rm--dining
rm--kitchen-laundry room

Request for Question Clarification by seedy-ga on 19 Sep 2002 06:40 PDT

The communities you have chosen are wonderful.  You may wish to add
Bronxville to your quest. In searching for the answer to your
question, I find the following:

1.Many of the listings are for condominiums.  
2 It is difficult to separate out the ones in gated communities. 

Would you be satisfied with general listings for
condominiums/townhouses in the communities you have selected without
the requirement for gated communities?


Clarification of Question by bugsy-ga on 19 Sep 2002 11:13 PDT
You may add Bronxville--It is have general listings
Subject: Re: Townhouses in Westchester County
Answered By: seedy-ga on 19 Sep 2002 22:47 PDT
Dear Bugsy:

There are numerous listings for properties in your area of interest. 
As you know, these listings are updated from time to time so there is
no guarantee that the ones that are referenced in the following URL's
are still available but it is a good start.
The above URL references Harborview Properties in Larchmont, Rye,
Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, and Harrison.  The "loft" style condominiums
in Port Chester at the renovated Life Safer factory seem interesting.
The above URL references condominium properties in many of the
communities you have listed.  If you follow the links provided at the
Harborview web site, you can find many properties which meet your
criterea.  But...somehow I don't think they are exactly what you are
seeking so I searched further.
This web site referenced above  lists townhouse communities and seems
closer to the style and security you are seeking.but is located on the
wrong side of Westchester....
Two condo/townhouses are listed in Ardsley and Irvington....perhaps a
little out of price range.
The above referenced web site from ReMax has a good searchable
database.  I was able to find a few listing which seemed to meet your
criterea but the gated community is difficult to find. Using this
database comes up with the following listing:

Mamaroneck, NY  10543
Beds: 3
Baths: 3.5
Sq.Ft.: 2,200
MLS #2213295
$525,000 Located in Mamaroneck, Complex/Lake/Pond: TOP OF THE RIDGE,
Mamaroneck, County: WESTCHESTER, Zip Code: 10543.
This four story townhouse style home built in 1984 has 3 bedroom(s), 3
full bath(s), 1 half bath(s) and is approximately 2200 sq. ft. This
home has 7.0 rooms. Rooms include a(n) eat-in kitchen. Other features
include fireplace(s). This home has a 1 car garage. Recreation
amenities include community swimming pool(s), community tennis
CS Realty & Relocation Service, Inc.
Voice: (914) 835-6600

Four stories sounds a bit difficult...

$359,000  See Listing Details 
Rye Brook, NY  10573
Beds: 2
Baths: 2.5
Sq.Ft.: 1,580
MLS #2208300
Save This Listing
$359,000 Located in Port Chester, Complex/Lake/Pond: Village Commons,
RYE BROOK, County: WESTCHESTER, Zip Code: 10573.
This two story townhouse style home built in 1995 has 2 bedroom(s), 2
full bath(s), 1 half bath(s) and is approximately 1580 sq. ft. This
home has 5.0 rooms. Rooms include a(n) eat-in kitchen, master
bathroom. Other features include fireplace(s), skylight(s), window
treatments. This home has a 2 car garage

The above listing may be a bit small for you and no gated
Westage Towers/Condominiums in White Plains is not a community you
listed but looks quite nice.  The availability of condos that meet
your criterea is not great though.
Using the search system at this broker, yielded a 2 bedroom 2 bath
(garden style) at Courtland ML# 2210831 for $469,900 described as
"Very unique and sophisticated home at Valeria. Totally and
meticulously redone to the last detail with European luxuries.
Spectacular views. Large covered patio. Fountain in front. Large lawns
to the side, "
I spent quite a bit of time at the above listed web site looking for
Westchester listings.
Using the search engine at the above web site resulted in a listing
that looked pretty good.  You have to register at the web site to
enable you to search.
Greenburgh, New York 10706  
Bedrooms: 3 Full Bathrooms: 3
Condominium Unit Sq. Ft. (approx.):  3,524
MLS#:  2204415
Located in Hastings-On-Hudson
Outstanding end unit with beautifully designed space & custom crafted
detail in every room. Gracious ent. Hall, elegant livrm with mantled
fireplace & door to deck, gourmet eik, mbr with study & bath, splendid
famrm with fireplace & door to patio. Uniquest. Andrews gem!
 # Fireplace, # Basement, # Dining Room, # Living Room, #Central
Cooling, # Year Built: 1986, # Shingle Roof, # Security System, # 1
Detached Garage, # Living room: 15 X 25, # Dining room: 15 X 16
 Contact Information
Agent:  Arthur Riolo

Peter J. Riolo, Inc.-BH&G
Phone:  (914) 478-1400

From the picture shown on the following listing, it appears to have a
gatehouse which is the only one I was able to find that filled your
requirement for a gated community.
Greenburgh, New York 10583
Bedrooms: 3, Full Bathrooms: 2
Condominium Unit, Sq. Ft. (approx.):  3,926
MLS#:  2213400

Innovative and dramatic design. Large dining room with french doors to
private back yard. Very unique with granite floors.
Features: # Fireplace, # Garage, # Central Cooling, # Year Built:
1988, # Shingle Roof, # Security System
Contact Information
Agent:  Marilyn Light
Prudential Rand Realty
Phone:  (914) 693-2304 

Greenburgh, New York 10522   
Bedrooms: 3, Full Bathrooms: 2, Condominium Unit
Sq. Ft. (approx.):  2,400
MLS#:  2200028
Located in Dobbs Ferry
Unit in wits end to be built in exceptional complex.
Features: # Fireplace, # Garage, # Central Cooling, # Year Built:
2002, # Wood Roof
Contact Information
Agent:  Arthur Riolo
Peter J. Riolo, Inc.-BH&G
Phone:  (914) 478-1400 

I hope this information is enough to get you started on your search. 
Of course, nothing beats deciding on a good real estate agent who
recognizes your needs and is willing to work with you on obtaining a
100% match..

If I can explain any of the information, please don't hesitate to
request that clarification.


Search Strategy on Google:  "townhouses" + Westchester, NY
                                             "condominiums" +
Westchester, NY
Subject: Re: Townhouses in Westchester County
From: aceresearcher-ga on 19 Sep 2002 06:54 PDT
It would help Seedy or other researchers to know if you are intending
to buy or to rent, what price / rent range you are able or willing to
pay, and if you have a minimum square footage of living space you
require. Also, do you mean you want a laundry room in your unit, or in
your building?

Good Luck!
Subject: Re: Townhouses in Westchester County
From: bugsy-ga on 19 Sep 2002 11:17 PDT
I am intending to buy a unit.Appro.2000 sq.ft.Price range from
350,000to 500,000. I am more interested in townhouses so a laundry
room would have to be in my unit. Thanks Bugsy
Subject: Re: Townhouses in Westchester County
From: aceresearcher-ga on 24 Sep 2002 14:18 PDT
One site I have used extensively in the past with some success is, which I have found to have both good features
and not-so-good features.

You can search by combinations of City/State, MLS#/City/State, Zip
Code, and by selecting areas of the US map (it will keep prompting you
to click on smaller and smaller areas of the map). For your purposes,
I selected “by Zip”. On the next page, I then selected
“Condo(s)/Townhome(s)/Coop(s)” and unselected “Single Family Home(s)”.
Scrolling down, I selected “Select All Nearby ZIP codes”, which gets
me 10701, 10703, 10704, 10705, 10706, 10708, and 10710 (Yonkers,
Bronkxville, and Hastings-on-Hudson).

This brings me to a preliminary page of listings, where I can narrow
down my criteria even further. I selected “Approximate Price Range” of
$350,000 to $500,000. Since you didn’t specify, I didn’t choose a
number for “Minimum Number of Bedrooms” or “Minimum Number of Baths” –
in my experience, you are better off leaving those blank anyway,
unless you need to pare a huge list of properties down to a workable
size. I also left “Minimum Square Footage of Home” blank because I
know from experience that Realtors are notoriously unreliable about
filling in this field when they enter their listing, and if you put a
number in here, will ignore any properties that don’t
specify a square footage. I choose “Display Listings in Groups of” 10
(personal preference; your other option is 5).

Scrolling down further, I selected “Laundry Room” under “Interior
Features”. Note that you are going to end up with units that have
laundry rooms in them as well as units that only have communal laundry
rooms, because some Realtors entering a new listing will check every
single box that is remotely applicable for their property so that it
will be included on as many buyer search result lists as possible.  (A
unit with a small balcony often will have “balcony”, “deck”, and
“patio” checked by the Realtor.) Under “Community Amenities”, I
selected “Security Features”.

You should be aware that not all Realtors will check “laundry room”
and “security features”, and including these in your search may
exclude some properties that actually have those features. Your best
bet is to search your desired area only on property type
(townhouse/condo) and price range, unless that returns a list of
properties too humongous for you to review.

Finally, I clicked the “Search” button, and the engine brought up 14
properties for me to review. Because does not allow you to
search by specifying a lengthy list of specific zip codes, I cut and
pasted the URL from my browser window to Word, doctored it to include
all the zips for the areas you specified, and pasted it back in my
browser window. This time, I get 25 properties to review. (In this
case, omitting the laundry room and security features does not get me
any additional properties).

Now, I know very little about New York City, but after some extensive
online digging for a decent map showing zip code areas (and precious
little luck doing so), it looks to me like you may also want to add to
your search one or more of the following: 10503 (Ardsley on Hudson),
10522 (Dobbs Ferry), 10528 (Harrison), 10580 (Rye), 10804 (New
Rochelle and Wykagyl), and 10552 (Mount Vernon and Fleetwood).

Bear in mind that Realtors usually get access to new listings through
their special MLS (Multiple Listing Service) before the general public
can see them on, and that many properties remain listed on for awhile after they actually go under contract (binding
sales agreement).

Okay, Now For Something Completely Different…

While there are both pros and cons to using the services of a Realtor
or Exclusive Buyer's Agent, you may want to consider doing this. These
people have much more extensive access to listings and detailed
information, and sooner, than the general public. They also typically
have extensive knowledge about which properties will appreciate and be
marketable if you need to sell your home in the future, any things
that may detract from your quality of life there (such as planned
construction on the nearby freeway you would use to get to work),
local employers, businesses, and attractions, and the quality of the
local school. They should be able to do a good job of asking you
questions to really hone in on what you do and don't want in a
property. And they should be able to save you a great deal of time and
effort by making all the phone calls for you, weeding out properties
that do not meet your needs, and not wasting your time on properties
that have already gone under contract.

FURTHERMORE, if you buy a home through the Realtor who is listing and
representing the property, THEY DO NOT HAVE YOUR BEST INTERESTS IN
MIND (more about this later). They will not tell you any of the things
that are wrong with the property, or any of the reasons why you
shouldn’t buy it. And they will certainly try to get as high a price
from you as they can. This is why you should seriously consider
getting your own agent.

While using an agent to SELL a home will usually cost you 6% of the
purchase price, buyers typically do not have to pay ANY commission
since the buyer's agent receives half of the 6% of the seller's price.
The main things to remember are:

- You should get recommendations for agents from friends and coworkers
who have used them, then talk to the agents to see if they seem
competent, appear responsive to your needs, and their personality
"meshes" with yours (you're going to be spending a LOT of time with
them, and you need to be able to trust them and at least tolerate
their company.) Ask for names and phone numbers of recent clients whom
they have helped to purchase homes, then call these people to get
detailed information on how well they felt the agent performed.

- An agent will usually not show you For Sale By Owner (FSBO)
properties because FSBO sellers are doing it themselves to avoid
paying the commission and are not willing to pony up the 6% fee.
However, more and more FSBO sellers, realizing that agents won't bring
prospective buyers without some commission, are offering 3% to the to
the buyer's agent. Many agents are willing to make some accommodations
regarding FSBO properties. If the agent you are considering is not
willing to show you these properties, either find a different agent,
or make sure you add a phrase to your contract with them BEFORE
SIGNING IT that states they will only get commission on the home you
purchase if they were the person who referred it to you. (Otherwise,
believe it or not, they get the commission from you no matter how you
find the house you buy!!!)

- In most states, if your agent or their firm is representing the home
you want to buy, by law they are required to look after the best
interests of the SELLER only. This means that even if they know
negative things about the property, they are not allowed to inform you
of them. And they will do whatever it takes to get their seller the
best possible deal, even if you get shortchanged in the process.
Before signing a contract with your agent, add a sentence that states
that if the home you decide to purchase is represented by your agent
or their firm, you have the right to release your agent and obtain
different representation. This way you can ensure that your agent is
looking after ONLY your best interests. They may try to talk you out
of this, because in this sort of situation they can possibly get all
6% of the commission, rather than just 3%. If they refuse to let you
add this clause, find another agent.

- One sure way to avoid this conflict of an agent's interest is to use
an Exclusive Buyer's Agent. These people never represent sellers, only
buyers. However, you need to research prospective EBAs even more
carefully. Make sure your EBA has purchased a membership to the local
Realtors' MLS service; otherwise you might as well be looking for
properties for yourself.

I have had one really great experience with an EBA, and one really
horrible experience where I had to fire the EBA halfway through a
week-long house-hunting trip on which we had spent $1200 for airfare,
hotel and rental car. I have had 2 great experiences with Realtors. So
the main thing is to research and interview an agent and their
references thoroughly before signing ANYTHING.
(By the way, an agent may try to talk you into signing a contract for
6 months or -- the guy I had to fire tried this! -- a year. Never let
an agent talk you into a contract for longer than 3 months. If they
are unable to help you within that amount of time, chances are good
you need to try someone else. At the very least, they need to sit down
with you at that time and reevaluate their approach.)

Best wishes!
Subject: Re: Townhouses in Westchester County
From: aceresearcher-ga on 24 Sep 2002 14:21 PDT
Well, I was afraid that URL was just too big, so I made a small one for you:

Good Luck!
Subject: Re: Townhouses in Westchester County
From: aceresearcher-ga on 24 Sep 2002 14:27 PDT
For some reason, the tinyurl only returns 23 properties, but the big
one returns 25.

Try cutting the big url from the above comment and pasting it into
Notepad, then remove the carriage return between &ss_fthb=n% and
Fa&ss_mitm=n, then cut and paste into your browser's address line.

Hope this one works!
Subject: Re: Townhouses in Westchester County
From: aceresearcher-ga on 25 Sep 2002 11:56 PDT
P.S. I found a website,, that appears to
have a fair number of listings of the type for which you are looking.

Hope this helps!
Subject: Real Estate Westchester County
From: heather84-ga on 14 Jul 2004 09:36 PDT
Best link I've seen yet:

It seems that your best bet to get an accurate and available list of
properties that matches what you are looking for is to NOT search

I've tried this and it seems to be out of date.

I visited his site above and I get instant e-mails as soon as
something comes on the market that matches MY needs.

See if it helps you

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